The Nora92 organisation ran their fantastic two-day British Cup event for the second year running at Marshfield Moto Parc, thanks to the kind permission of the Church family and in association with Thornbury MX Events, on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 30th April & Monday 1st May.
An increased entry from the previous year saw some great racing across nine classes on a circuit that had been prepared beautifully and withstood a few showers over the weekend without any issue, leaving it mostly dry and even under some sunshine on the Monday afternoon.
The Elite Adult A Class sponsored by Domestic Drain Services brought some high quality riders to the Marshfield circuit, with reigning champ from 2022 Ashley Greedy there with his brother Josh, the previous year’s runner-up Bradley Wheeler back amongst them on the Phoenix Tools Even Strokes Kawasaki, with Harry Bradley and Josh Canton also in the mix, although Canton was on a Day License so not counting for the points. Talented Youth graduates Domonic Newbury and Shaun Mahoney brought their 250 KTMs into the fray to join previous top 6 men Jacob Bowden and John Mackenzie on the DBMX Honda.
The big boys hit the track first in each block, and whilst Canton was fastest in the Sunday morning Qualification that set the gate picks for the whole weekend, it was 250 flyer Alfie Calvert who gained the SG Racing Holeshot award given out in the first race. Wheeler was swiftly past Calvert, who plummeted quickly down the order with a mistake on the opening lap, and Newbury gave chase, briefly taking the lead before toppling over in a rut and handing it back to Wheeler, who had in turn got passed by Harry Bradley! Wheeler, who has only recently become a father again, this time to twins, was feeling the effects of the sleep deprivation and got re-passed by Newbury, who attacked Harry but couldn’t get past, so it finished with a Harry Bradley win, from Newbury and Wheeler. Canton had suffered a poor start and had to work forward from about 10th off the line to grab 4th from Bowden on the final lap.
Wheeler holeshot the second moto, but Ashley Greedy got past quickly, then Canton who had got a much better start. The elder Greedy followed the same pattern in every race on both days, getting up the front and then falling rapidly backwards with some unknown problem. Canton capitalised and stormed off to an easy win, whilst Wheeler fell prey to Harry Bradley for 2nd, and the charging two-stroke Fantic of Mark Young then took 3rd with two laps to go. Newbury, Bowden, and a slow-starting Tyron Cleaver disputed the positions further back, with Bowden being passed by the other two in the final lap, leaving him 7th behind Newbury in 5th and the charging Cleaver in 6th.
On Monday, first-year pro Ben Mustoe came to play on the ASA United GASGAS, along with former AMCA Champion Luke Dean on the 125cc Fantic! As with Canton their places didn’t count for points, and although Mustoe struggled off the gate with his 250F, he soon showed his pace by moving through into 3rd, then 2nd at half-distance as Cleaver pulled a stunning holeshot and cleared off at the front! Wheeler held station as both Greedy brothers dropped down the order from the top 6, Mark Young again moved forward but got passed late on by Harry Bradley and Luke Dean.
Ash Greedy again led early in the final moto but dropped massively on lap two, with Wheeler again starting well, this time just ahead of Cleaver. Mustoe was not far behind despite only relying on 250 power, and scorched into the lead on lap three, never to be caught again. Yamaha rider Aaron Patstone briefly got past Cleaver while Canton had a strangely quiet race. Harry Bradley needed to make moves to secure the overall win but they weren’t coming, and he ultimately finished where he started, back in 8th place on-track. A charging Luke Dean worked through for a great second on-track, but Wheeler knew he wasn’t in the points picture and collected the 1st place points ahead of Newbury, who made a last-lap pass on Cleaver to secure 3rd overall for the weekend! Harry Bradley took 2nd overall behind “Daddy Cool” Wheeler, the Nora92 British Cup Champion for 2023!
The Adult B Class Sponsored by T Edwards Plant came down to a great fight between fastest Qualifier James Bemrose on the Husqvarna 4-stroke, and KTM 2-stroke man Danny Webster. Webster led from nearly start to finish, quickly passing the SG Racing Holeshot winner Ashley Smith, whilst Day License holder Adam hardy stayed 2nd all race behind Webster, until the last lap when Bemrose overtook to finish just 2.7 seconds down on Webster. Alan Pearce, also on a Day License so not counting for points, finished 4th ahead of the Fantic of Josh Denscombe, with Riley Saunders riding well on a 150cc two-stroke KTM.
Race two saw a good win for Suzuki-mounted former top AMCA man Pearce, taking the win with ease from Hardy, but the crucial moves for the overall happened behind them with Webster the 1st points scorer, then Bemrose pulling another last lap pass, this time on Denscombe, for 2nd. Saunders again charged through the pack to finish 3rd on points ahead of Danny’s brother, Guitar.
Pearce didn’t race on Monday and Race 3 was a nervous affair between Bemrose and Danny Webster, with the KTM leading the whole way right up into the last lap, and Bemrose yet again pulled a stunning late move on a tight cambered left-hander to grab the win with half a lap to go! This made it “Winner Takes All” for the final moto! Hardy was a distant 3rd ahead of Denscombe, who fought from way back to pick off fast-starting Jake Thompson, as did Aiden Woodman with a last-lap pass for 5th!
Webster got away well in the final deciding moto, but Hardy took the lead on the second lap and battled back-and-forth with Bemrose in the second half, the two pulling away from Danny who stayed in 3rd. Bemrose eventually outlasted Hardy to claim a 12 second win, and with it the overall verdict! Henry Smith was a good 4th ahead of Denscombe and Tristan James. The top five overall in Adult B Sponsored By T Edwards Plant were Bemrose, Danny Webster, Denscombe, Henry Smith, and Aiden Woodman.
The Ladies Cup Sponsored by DB Property, and the Adult C Class Sponsored by Invek, raced together for the whole weekend, and top British lady racer Kathryn Booth completely swept all four races on the Ansatech KTM, even grabbing the SG Racing Holeshot Award in race one and until she caught lapped riders barely had to use the roll-offs all weekend. Grace Packman and Nadiya Jones were similarly consistent, claiming 2nd & 3rd respectively in each race, although Jones made it tough for herself in race three with a first corner crash, after which she did brilliantly well to still claim 3rd at the flag. Hollie Roberts was also 4th in the Ladies class each time out, and Louise Powell took 5th overall with some good starts and consistent riding.
The leading Adult C riders, Chris Johnson, Jack Clarke, and David Parker, finished 1-2-3 in each moto apart from the last one, when Johnson got a better start and battled with Nadiya Jones at the front, leaving Liam Williams on his Enduro-Spec KTM to take 3rd ahead of an almighty scrap for 3rd which went the way of Clarke, leaving Parker to salvage 4th despite great racing from Marc Evelyn on the #91 Jeremy Seewer replica Yamaha, and a YZ125 ridden by Callum Smith. Smith was 4th overall ahead of Evelyn, who edged out Kawasaki man Jason Smith on the last race tie-breaker.
The Youth class sponsored by Domestic Drain Services saw 13 to 17 year-olds pitted together on either 250 4-strokes or 125 2-strokes. Jak Taylor on the WM Tatchell Husqvarna completely dominated the first three motos, each time ahead of the MGMX KTM of Freddie Gardiner, but the last moto saw Taylor come to a stop at the end of the wave section whilst in a commanding lead again! This let Gardiner in for the last moto and the overall win, with Ollie Bubb on the 3Flo Madison Crescent Yamaha claiming 2nd in that one and the overall after two 3rds and a 4th. Shane Jones rode well for 3rd overall ahead of Jack Dando and Lewis Bethell, with Charlie Hucklebridge riding consistently for a good 6th overall.
The BW85s Sponsored by Kranlyft were dominated by the MGMX KTM of Charlie Richmond. One of the top riders of his age group in the UK won all four motos, each time with Husqvarna rider Harley Prickett in 2nd spot despite having to pass several people to get there in a couple of the motos. Riley Small battled well to claim 3rd overall ahead of Maison Jones and George Clarke, with Leah Jones in 6th. A special mention has to be made for Reagan Rogers, who scored no points in race one but took 3rd in each of Monday’s races, battling with Prickett and Small.
The SW85s Sponsored by L A Clarke saw an intriguing scrap between first race winner Jack Leese, Jenson Severn, and Olly Walters. They finished in that order in race one, but Walters stormed past Leese in race two and then out-paced him in both of Monday’s races, clinching the overall win in fine style. Leese was 2nd in each of the last three motos, always ahead of Severn who took 3rd overall behind Jack. Jamie Thorpe was 4th in the forst three races but had to come right from the back of the pack in the final race, which he did to finish 5th and keep 4th overall. 5th overall was the consistent Ryan Jackson, and William Evans was top five all weekend except for the opening moto when a zero score meant he finished 14th overall.
The 65cc Class Sponsored by Tillit Suspension had Arenacross Champion Casey Lister light up the SG Racing Holeshot Award in race one, but issues with his power valve saw him struggle up the many steep climbs of Marshfield Moto Parc and it was all he could do to limp home in 9th. Arthur King took the race one win ahead of fine rides from Teddy Merriman and Elliott Shawyer, as Nixon Coppins suffered a big crash which dislodged his seat as well as his rear mudguard, but he still salvaged 12th position!
As expected, Lister dominated the last three races, and with King suffering a fall from 2nd in race three, it let Casey in for the overall win despite Arthur’s spirited recovery to 7th in that moto, which helped him towards 2nd overall. Coppins took 2nd in race two, but was beaten to that spot by Jett Gardiner, who also claimed 2nd in race four to grab 3rd overall by a point from Merriman. Coppins had to settle for 5th overall ahead of the consistent Shawyer.
In the Auto Class by Wulfsport, Mason Foreman was unstoppable all weekend, with only Cohen Llewellyn beating him into the first corner on a couple of occasions. Mason took all four race wins, followed home each time by Blake Marks Bracey. Sam McEvoy was 3rd in the first three motos but dropped it in the final moto, still recovering well to 4th to secure the third spot on the podium. Max Korszewski took home the 4th place overall trophy with William King 5th ahead of Llewellyn, who won the drag race with McEvoy for 3rd in the final moto of the weekend.
With a disco on the Sunday night and a great atmosphere throughout the weekend, the Nora92 British Cup looks to expand to a three-round series next year which should make for some more fantastic racing.
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